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  1. K2 looks more proportional. Every T1 truck I've seen looks a little "bloated" to me. The cab is a lot bigger, and it makes everything else, especially the wheels, look small. So you get more interior cab space, but its an overall larger volume vehicle now, and it looks it. That said, I do like the T1 overall design. I like the front end and also the rear. It has grown on me. It also seems to look really good with a canopy. The only thing I don't like on the T1 is that swoopy line down the front quarter panel going into the door. Very Mazda, and very un-Silverado like, in my opinion. I wouldn't let it stop me from buying one, but I wouldn't be happy about it either.
  2. less o2, less chance of early combustion, so they can get away with lower octane up high but fuel efficiency will suffer
  3. If you are looking at getting a new bed cover, I have a Trifecta tri-folding cover and its never leaked once in 4 years, and thats in the PNW olympic peninsula with extremely heavy rain. And it was only $300. The problem with the Rev is there are seams going across the cover. Never get anything with seams. My Trifecta still folds in 3 sections but the material just bends with it.
  4. no one would actually tow that trailer up that hill with a gas 2500. Expecting it to somehow breeze up that mountain is fantasy thinking, and imagining the 10 speed would somehow solve the "problem" is also fantasy thinking. The TFL guys rag on the truck like it somehow should've done it faster, but again, fantasy thinking. This is a small block gas V8 pulling a 6600lb truck and a 16,000lb trailer, at high elevation. It's exactly the expected result, and it does not mean the 6 speed is not a good transmission, in any way. Sheesh. Apply some critical thinking! Everyone knows you don't pull extreme loads at high elevation in a naturally aspirated engine. It's essentially a clickbait video--"watch the poor naturally aspirated V8 suffer up the Ike gauntlet!" I mean, is anyone surprised?
  5. I can't figure out how people suddenly decided 6 gears isn't enough. The final drive ratio is similar, and so highway fuel economy is also similar. tractor trailers have 18 gears because the torque requirement is so high, and diesels make huge low end torque so it makes sense to keep the engine down low in the max torque band, especially when taking away from a stop. However in a gas 2500 truck, huge numbers of gears just aren't necessary, or even desirable. The 10 speed may "drive better", but its still a newer transmission, and not necessarily stronger. It also depends on how you define "drive better". I'm okay with varying my speed to stay in the power band, which on a 6 speed transmission, barely needs much speed adjustment. On a 4 speed yes, it isn't enough. But 6 gears is totally enough in a pickup truck. Getting off soap box now :)
  6. remember that the 6 speed is not a handicap at all, its a great transmission. There is no reason for 10 gears in a gas pickup truck. They'll probably put the 10 speed in it at some point, but until then the 6 speed is bulletproof and I'd actually recommend getting one before they go to the 10 speed.
  7. https://www.autostopeliminator.com/collections/autostop-eliminators-for-gm-vehicles
  8. to be fair, there isn't a huge amount of difference in the actual tailgate height if you put them side by side. It looks exaggerated in the photo because the 1500 is further away. Many cell phone camera lens's these days really exaggerate the perspective of scenes and objects. Things close to the camera look gigantic, even just a few feet away they look tiny. In person yea the 2500s are bigger, but not by a gigantic margin. The cab is basically the same size and the interior dimensions are all exactly the same.
  9. its looking like people are able to get 16-17mpg out of it, which is not bad and definitely better than the 6.0. Might even improve by 1mpg after 10,000 miles or so.
  10. Here's the thing though, it's really easy to max out the payload on my 1500. One yard of dirt will do it, especially if its wet. If you are also towing, its even easier to max out. It may tow the travel trailer just fine but then all of a sudden you are beyond maxed on payload because you also have a load of firewood in the bed, all your gear, and 4-5 people in the truck, and the rear bumper is nearly on the ground. Times like this cause me to wonder why I didn't just get a 2500. I don't daily drive my truck, I use it when I need it, so for me it seems to make sense to have more truck for when I need it. Also, as the OP mentioned, no AFM/DFM/auto-stop-start in the HD trucks is very appealing. Every engine on the T1 1500s has auto stop start.
  11. I'm contemplating the same thing, moving from a 1500 to a 2500, hate all the AFM/DFM auto stop start nonsense, I'll never tow more than about 8k but I'm still thinking of going 2500 just to have a real truck again.
  12. I think it looks super. The custom is the best looking trim, with the body color bar through the grill. Are the black bumpers metal or plastic?
  13. any idea what the optional 18" steel painted rims weigh? They are charging extra for them, typically I see the steel wheels are the base option with the smallest tire But here the 18" steel rims are an upgrade and you also get a 275 70R18 all terrain tire on them It seems like a good option but what do they weigh compared to the aluminum wheels? Is there any disadvantage? I haven't seen one picture of them yet, every single truck at dealers have one of several aluminum rims, not the steel.
  14. I hope they fixed the gas pedal bracket in '19!
  15. agreed, it isn't a speed demon, but then again its the question of expectations. 0-60 in under 7 seconds is actually pretty good for a full size pickup, actually incredible, in fact. Also, since you had a 2014, I wonder if the transmission tuning got better over the years. My 2016 is great, but I feel like there are more complaints about the 14-15 trucks. About the tow/haul mode, you are right, it isn't good for daily driving. The one complaint i have about my trucks power train is exactly as you describe--at highway speeds, if you want it to kick down and drop a gear to accelerate, there is often a long wait, several seconds even. I've found that if you press on the gas too quickly, it's worse. The transmission prefers that you slowly and smoothly engage the throttle. When you do that, it actually seems to respond quicker, paradoxically. Also, are you familiar with the gas pedal mounting bracket flex issue in K2 trucks? The bracket its attached to flexes, and gives the impression of poor throttle response but its really just a plastic part bending and blunting your throttle inputs. Many including myself have had very positive improvement in the responsiveness of the gas pedal after applying a fix like this:
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